About the board
The Hon. Ros Spence MP, Minister for Agriculture is seeking new candidates to fill the upcoming vacancies on the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council (the Council).
The Council is a ministerial advisory council that provides advice to the Minister for Agriculture on how the agriculture sector can prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.
The Victorian Government has set ambitious economy-wide targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 and drive the transition to a climate-resilient community. Addressing the challenges of climate change whilst maintaining the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector is a critical priority for the Victorian Government. The Council will support the government to deliver strong and lasting action on climate change for the agriculture sector, which is already experiencing the impacts of an increasingly variable and extreme climate. This includes working with industry to build on the action already being taken.
About the role
The role of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council is to provide independent, expert and strategic advice about:
- state-wide challenges the agriculture sector faces from climate change
- opportunities to increase progress towards the Victorian Government’s climate change targets
- the design and implementation of agriculture-focused policies, programs and actions that support emissions reduction and promote adaptation, including under the Climate Change Act 2017
- networks and approaches to enable the Victorian Government to successfully engage with the agriculture sector.
The Minister for Agriculture may issue further direction to the Council on specific matters for advice and priority focus areas within the above remit, including matters for the Council to work with the Department on.
From time-to-time, the Council will also be required to lead stakeholder engagement with the agriculture sector to inform the Council’s advice and support the Victorian Government’s climate change response.
The Council is comprised of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and up to seven members, representing a broad range of industry and community stakeholders.
Members appointed through this process will join the current Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.
The Council is expected to hold at least four Council business meetings per year. The Council may also meet out-of-session to discuss specific matters or meet with stakeholders as required.
Who we're looking for
Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified individuals with skills and experience that align with the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.
The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring the diversity of our boards represents the diversity of our communities. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all ages, women, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex people.
What you need to apply
Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Should you wish to apply to be a member of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council, please complete and provide the following documentation:
- An expression of interest letter, including a statement addressing the key selection criteria; and
- Curriculum Vitae.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo probity checks, including a national police check. They will also be required to declare any private interests and awareness of any potential conflicts of interest. Recommendations of suitable candidates will be provided to the responsible Minister for consideration.
Applicants should hold no more than three positions on non-departmental entity boards.
Expressions of Interest close at 11:59 Pm on Sunday 19 November 2023
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